The Balducci Levitation
The Balducci Levitation is an illusion
that can be performed anywhere,
anytime. The illustration to the left show
you the audience point-of-view.Stand
about 8 to 10 feet away from the
audience at a 45° 'backward' angle.
This is an angle sensitive trick. You
have to practice your angles over and
over to get used to them. One bad angle
or position and the illusion is blown!
All there is to do is pretend to "float off of the ground while you
tippee-toe on just one foot (the foot furthest from their view) as
shown to the right and below. The audience can not see your
supporting foot because it is hidden by three things: your pants, the
angle of the trick and your closest shoe (which hides their view of
the foot being used to "levitate" you.) You might only rise 3 or 5
inches off of the ground, but it's all in the presentation! You will want
to slowly rise off of the ground . . . wait a few seconds and then
drop fast. Stay up too long and they will probably figure it out.
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Showing an exposed view and two
audience views before and during the
This is what it should look like if done right.
Good luck and enjoy the illusion!
A different levitation!
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David Blaine is not the originator of this illusion. He has made the
illusion popular, once again, with his recent television special,
"David Blaine: Street Magic." But, we never really get to see Blaine
performing the Balducci Levitation. We watch several times as
Blaine performs it for others, but we never get to see the Balducci
Levitation for ourselves.
For the television special, Blaine performed the Balducci levitation
in front of several hundr